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HP Cabinet Decisions: Hike in Honorariums of Teachers under SMC, Water Carriers, Mid Day Meal Cooks/Helpers



HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2019

Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on February 25, 2019, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Among important decisions taken in the meeting, nod was also accorded by the Cabinet to increase the honorarium of teachers appointed under the School Management Committee policy by 20 percent per month from April 1, 2019, which would benefit 2635 SMC teachers.

It also decided to increase the honorarium of part-time water carriers in Elementary and Higher Education Departments from Rs. 2200 to Rs. 2400 per month from April 1, 2019. This decision will give relief to 2268 part-time contract water carriers, the government said.  

The Cabinet also gave its approval to increase honorarium of cook-cum-helpers engaged under Mid Day Meal Scheme in the schools from existing Rs. 1800 to Rs. 2000 per month for ten academic months with effect from April 1, 2019. This decision will benefit about 21750 cook cum helpers working in the State, the government said.

The Cabinet also decided to enhance the annuity of Kirti Chakras winners from existing Rs. 1.50 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh at par with winners of Mahavir Chakras.

It gave its approval to fill up 11 posts of different categories in the Economics and Statistics Department as the backlog of OBC.

It gave its nod to create six posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and six posts of Peon in newly created Sub Divisional Election Offices at Fatehpur, Nagrota Bagwan, Shahpur, Thunag, Jandhuta and Swarghat.

The Cabinet also decided to provide essential commodities like wheat, flour and rice to APL consumers at the rates being given to BPL consumers in Lahaul valley of Lahaul-Spiti district from April 2019 to September 2019.

It also gave its consent to open new Industrial Training Institutes at Ladbhadol in Jogindernagar of Mandi district, at Sataun and Amboya in Paonta Sahib tehsil of Sirmaur district along-with creation and filling up of 42 posts of various categories to manage these Industrial Training Institutes.

It gave its nod to open ten Atal Adarsh Vidhyalayas in different parts of the State viz. Bairathi in Bilaspur district, Satyas in Chamba district, Lambagaon and Paraur/Valha in Kangra district, Chail and Sarkaghat in Mandi district, Chopal in Shimla district, Bandali in Sirmaur district and Gaihara in Una district to provide residential quality education to the students.

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Solan Building Collapse: Death Toll Rises to 14 Including 13 Jawans and 1 Civilian, Rescue Operation Concluded



Solan Building Collapse death toll

Solan-The toll of those killed in the collapse of a multi-storey building yesterday in Kumarhatti of Solan district that also housed a restaurant ‘Sehaj Tandoori Dhaba’ has risen to 14 as the rescue teams recovered more bodies. Over 25 people have been rescued and sent to Dharampur hospital for treatment. The deceased included 13 army jawans and one civilian, confirmed the Vivek Chandel, ADM, Solan. The rescue operation has concluded. As per the administration, total 42 people were trapped including 30 Jawans of Assam Rifles and 12 civilians. 

“Since yesterday, 17 Armymen and 11 civilians have been rescued. Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force have taken over the rescue,”

the Deputy Commissioner KC Chaman told PTI.

The building located on the Nahan-Kumarhatti road that housed a restaurant on one of the floors came down around 4 PM on July 14. As it was Sunday, several army personals of Assam Rifles had come to dine at the restaurant. The hotel owner also lived in the building along with his wife and two children. While the children were playing in the neighbourhood, their mother was present in the building. She reportedly died in the collapse, confirmed Additional SP Shiv Kumar Sharma.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on July 15 also visited the spot and ordered a magisterial probe to ascertain the cause of the collapse. An FIR against the owner of the building has also been registered.
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With this tragedy, questions are being raised over the legality of the construction. The building that was constructed in 2009 had at least four storeys. One of the storeys, as per reports, was added recently.Some reports suggested that complaints were also filed regarding the construction of this building.

Solan Rescue Operation

Currently, weak foundation and non-compliance with existing rules regarding the construction of buildings are considered as causes of the collapse. However, the district administration officials said the actual causes could only be ascertained after a probe.

Over 250 men of National Disaster Relief Force, District Police, and army jawans from nearby cantonment were continuously carrying out rescue work since yesterday. 

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2 killed, Several Trapped as Multi-Storey Building Collapses in Solan’s Kumarhatti



Solan Building Collapse

Solan– A multi-storey building collapsed in Kumarhatti in Solan district today. Twp people said to have been killed. As per initial information available, over 35 people were present inside the building, which is said to be a dhaba (restaurant) when it collapsed. Over 15 persons were pulled out of debris and rescued while several others are feared to be still trapped. The incident occurred during a heavy downpour.

Several of these trapped people included army jawans. The army personnel and their family members were on their way to Uttarakhand and had stopped at the restaurant for lunch, a district official told PTI.

Solan building

As per a Tweet by the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, about 40 people were trapped under the debris. Out of these, 19 were rescued and operation is in progress to rescue others.

Latest update from ANI said that 22 people were rescued. The rescued injured were taken to Dharampur hospital for treatment.

Injured in solan building collapse
As per the district administration, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was sent for from Panchkula for carrying out the rescue operation.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Solan, and the Additional District Magistrate had also reached the spot.
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Shimla’s Popular Baljees Restaurant Shuts Down, Workers Protest Over Unpaid Dues Worth Crores



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Shimla-Today, the iconic Baljees — a 65-years-old restaurant located on the Shimla Mall will be winding up its operation. While the media is highlighting Shimla’s mourning over the closing of Baljees, its 70 workers, who are now rendered jobless, are protesting for the last two days for their unpaid dues. Several of these workers have been serving in the restaurant for over four decades and have contributed a lot towards its growth.

The workers alleged that the restaurant has not paid their dues worth about two crores. As per the workers, these dues include gratuity, bonus, leave encashment, notice pay, retrenchment compensation etc.  However, the Baljees management had earlier assured that all the dues would be cleared before closing.

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has also come in support of these workers. It said the Baljees not only violating the Industrial Disputes Act 1947 but also going against the orders passed by the State High Court on July 12, 2018. In its July 12 orders, the court had made it clear that the management of the restaurant would have to pay all the dues before handing over the building to its owner.  In case the management fails to do so, this action would be considered as a contempt of the court orders, the CITU said.

The workers have urged the district administration and district police to make the management of the restaurant comply with the orders of the court. Otherwise, the workers said, they would file a contempt of court petition along with more protests.

 The Baljees, which was considered a destination restaurant, had gained popularity among both locals as well as tourists. Several influential political names from Virbhadra Singh to Prime Minister Narendra Modi used to visit the restaurant, it is said.  

Chandra Baljee had set up this restaurant in 1954. It was expanded in 1972 after which it became famous for Indian and continental food. The decision to close the building had come in 2018 after Baljees management lost the legal battle against the owner of the building, Lok Nath & Sons. The battle had started over operation charges for the building.

In 2015, the District and Sessions Court had ordered eviction. Later, the matter reached the state High Court where operation charges were hiked from Rs 18,000 to 1.35 lakh per month.  However, the owner was demanding. Then, the case reached the Supreme court, and then back to the High Court. Finally, in July 2018, Baljees management and Alok Nath & sons arrived at a mutual compromise. The management decided to evacuate the building and sought one year’s time to wind up its operation. This deadline ended today.   

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